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Pupils Re-Discover World of Recycling

Oaklands Primary School pupils journeyed into the world of recycling and waste last month as Visit Bryn Pica opens its doors for the first time in over 2 years. 

The lucky pupils were the first ones to be welcomed to the centre since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. The excited pupils went deep into the world of recycling and discovered just how and why recycling is so important for the whole County Borough and beyond.

During this special visit the children took part in an interactive trip and discovered lots of recycling secrets and witnessed first-hand how waste can be used to create some amazing new items and how it is sorted into waste types, right here in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The interactive Recycling and Education Centre – Alun Maddox Visitors Centre, which is based near Amgen Cymru and Bryn Pica Landfill site, was officially opened by Hannah Blythyn AM, in September 2019.

The Centre boasts interactive videos, which showed the pupils how recycling is processed right here in the County Borough – they could also discover how a bottle is recycled, test their recycling knowledge by taking the interactive quiz, discover what’s in their bins, jump in the interactive ocean, sort recycling along the mini material recovery facility (MRF) and lots more.  

The Centre is open to local schools and community groups in Rhondda Cynon Taf five days a week. All schools/groups that participate in a recycling session this Summer term will be automatically entered into a Free Prize Draw with the chance of winning an environmental starter kit of either Litter Picking or Gardening equipment (worth an estimated £150).

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said:

“Recycling should now be a vital part of all our lives, especially our younger residents. The Alun Maddox Visitor Centre is helping to make learning about recycling and the environment fun and engaging and will hopefully set the foundations for future recycling generations and beyond. The Centre can also be used to inform community groups about the recycling process and answer any questions they may have. It’s great to see that Oaklands Primary School enjoyed their visit to the centre.

“The re-opening of the Centre is a welcome addition to the services on offer to residents across the County Borough and it is hoped that it will help to increase recycling rates even further by educating young people about the need to recycle and look after our County Borough and beyond - it’s time to Think. Recycle!”

For more information and to book your school or community group trip, visit, email

For further information on recycling in RCT, visit or follow the Council on Facebook/Twitter. 

Posted on 22/06/2022